What you should expect in an attorney who's representing you that is going to be there when you need them the most? This is absolutely critical, especially in those cases where children are involved, a lawyer who represents you in any of these matters and has the kind of experience that the court certainly is going to recognize is an overriding factor. This is not a situation where you want to skimp on paying for an attorney. This is a situation where you want to get the best lawyer that you can. Most people who come to see me tell me that they've never had any experience with the legal system and that they're scared to death of what's going to happen and what the outcome is going to be.
There's a lot of uncertainties. What's going to happen with child support? What's going to happen with visitation? What's going to happen with the holidays? And people are scared. So when I'm representing somebody, I want to be able to sit down with them, look at their financial situation with their sworn financial statements and their other financial documents and start to map out a legal strategy.
A legal strategy is one where the attorney and client discuss how to get from point A to point Z. And point Z may be many months away. In doing this, you have to keep in mind that your communication with the lawyer and your ability to convey your thoughts and what your goals are are critical to an attorney's ability to go into court and to fight for you. Because ultimately these kinds of decisions are going to be made by a judge and they're going to have long range implications.